Simon Cowell lets down his guard to focus on the future Simon Cowell is perhaps the only reason many viewers tune into “American Idol” week after week. His blunt but truthful comments never seize to cause laughter or boos among the audience and are quite frankly the highlight of the show. In just one more week, the favorite judge will be leaving the show to start “X Factor” in the States, which is destined to convert “Idol” fans into “X Factor” fans.

Now Simon is opening up about his life and giving fans a chance to see a more sensitive side of him. In a recent interview with Oprah, he stated his love for finding stars is what drives him. “The ratings, the money, everything’s fantastic, but when it works, [like Season 3 winner] Fantasia [Barrino] doing ‘Summertime,’ for three minutes that night I lost myself, you know? [I just thought]: ‘This is great. I’m loving my life.'”

Simon admits that he’s very excited about starting “X Factor” because it doesn’t have an age limit, bands can compete, and it tears away the limits that “American Idol” has. He states, “I have genuinely no idea whether it’s going to work or not, but I’ll put its success or failure down to the fact, can we or can we not find a star? And I’m confident we can find a star.”

But don’t let the composed front fool you. Simon admits that throughout the year he gets down on himself and has to stop to pick himself back up. He says, “You can go through days where by the end of it, you feel that everything’s been sucked out of you because of that dependency. You just become aware that a lot of people depend on you, rely on you, or you’re not giving people the time you should be giving them. It’s almost like a guilt thing, and that does drain me.”

In addition, we should be lucky that he’s stuck around this long. He admits “Two years ago, I remember sitting in the auditions one day and I thought, ‘I think this is about as far as we can go. I’ve always promised myself that I’d leave before I was forced to go.”

It looks like the time has finally come for him to make his exit, but only to start something fresh.

Watch parts of the interview below:



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